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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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Former Nintendo developer Giles Goddard has provided a first look at a prototype for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that originally featured portals.

Earlier this year, we heard from Goddard that there was some experimentation very early on with an idea involving Hyrule Castle. Similar to Super Mario 64, players would access different parts of the map through these portals. The mechanic was ultimately scrapped and Nintendo ended up going with a more open design in the end as players visit areas by traveling through Hyrule Field.

Giles Goddard had quite the career at Nintendo. He joined the company at an early age, and one of his first major projects was Star Fox – before moving on to the likes of Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

In an interview with MinnMax, Goddard opened up about working on Ocarina of Time, before there was even a proper game in place. He had a large role in the tech demo that first debuted at Space World (Shoshinkai). Goddard was also involved in R&D for Zelda on the N64 while the project was still in its initial development phase.

Last week, we reported that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was finally being restocked at Best Buy stores. The retailer has now made the 3DS title available on its website as well. If you’re looking for a copy, head on over to Best Buy’s page here.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has been one of the more difficult games for 3DS owners in North America to get their hands on as of late. It’s up on the eShop, but physical copies haven’t really been showing up at stores.

If you’re still interested in purchasing Ocarina of Time 3D at retail, you may want to check your local Best Buy. We’re hearing that some stores are receiving units once again. There’s unfortunately no way to check online as far as I’m aware since the listing was pulled long ago, so you’ll need to visit Best Buy. Hopefully you guys will have some luck in securing a copy!


We’ve been hearing a lot about how difficult it’s been to track down a physical copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Amazon, for instance, is no longer selling copies directly, and third-parties are asking for ridiculous prices ($74 and higher).

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D’s rarity may come down to the fact that retail copies are no longer being produced. If retailer Play-Asia is to be believed, the game’s physical version has been discontinued. If true, the only way to pick up Ocarina of Time 3D at a fair price is through the digital version on the eShop.


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